Originally Posted by AFCEastFan
The 2004 Patriots were probably the greatest Patriots team of all time and the 2003 team is a close second.
Since 2005, the team has been worse than those two entries. Some folks believe the reason for that is that the Patriots are no longer videotaping opposing sidelines. I believe the reason is that the composition of the team has changed for the worse on a net basis and been hurt by the loss of particular players, including those I mentioned.
2007 Randy Moss is the greatest WR in Patriots history. But the 2007 team as a whole was definitely worse overall than the 2004 team, as the end of their respective seasons confirms. On the other hand, I'll take the 2003-04 Deion Branch over Wes Welker any day of the week. The former had JAG regular season stats, but saved his biggest performances for the biggest games. The latter is a stat machine, but comes up small when the chips are down.
So did videotaping opposing sidelines give the team an advantage or a disadvantage.